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The silver, snarling trumpets 'gan to chide.
      - John Keats (1), The Eve of St. Agnes
         (st. 4)

Music is a sacred, a divine, a God-like thing, and was given to man by Christ to lift our hearts up to God, and make us feel something of the glory and beauty of God, and of all which God has made.
      - Charles Kingsley

Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony, but organically I am incapable of a tune.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

I even think that, sentimentally, I am disposed to harmony. But organically I am incapable of a tune.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        A Chapter of Ears

Music is God's best gift to man, the only art of heaven given to earth, the only art of earth that we take to heaven. But music, like all our gifts, is given us in the germ. It is for us to unfold and develop it by instruction and cultivation.
      - Charles W. Landon

Music moves us, and we know not why; we feel the tears, but cannot trace their source. Is it the language of some other state, born of its memory? For what can wake the soul's strong instinct of another world, like music?
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Music,--we love it for the buried hopes, the garnered memories, the tender feelings it can summon at a touch.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

I sometimes think that the most plaintive ditty has brought a fuller joy and of longer duration to its composer than the conquest of Persia to the Macedonian.
      - Walter Savage Landor

O Music! how it grieves me that imprudence, intemperance, gluttony, should open their channels into thy sacred stream.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Music is love in search of a word.
      - Sidney Lanier

A velvet flute-note fell down pleasantly,
  Upon the bosom of that harmony,
    And sailed and sailed incessantly,
      As if a petal from a wild-rose blown
        Had fluttered down upon that pool of tone,
          And boatwise dropped o' the convex side
            And floated down the glassy tide
              And clarified and glorified
                The solemn spaces where the shadows bide.
                  From the warm concave of that fluted note
                    Somewhat, half song, half odour forth did float
                      As if a rose might somehow be a throat.
      - Sidney Lanier, The Symphony

Music is in all growing things;
  And underneath the silky wings
    Of smallest insects there is stirred
      A pulse of air that must be heard;
        Earth's silence lives, and throbs, and sings.
      - George Parsons Lathrop, Music of Growth

Sweet music! sacred tongue of God.
      - Charles Godfrey Leland

You write a hit the same way you write a flop.
      - Alan Jay Lerner

Music is the medicine of the mind.
      - John Logan

The language spoken by angels.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What rapturous flights of sound! what thrilling, pathetic chimes! what wild, joyous revelry of passion! what an expression of agony and woe! All the feelings of suffering and rejoicing humanity sympathized with and finding a voice in those tones.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Yea, music is the Prophet's art
  Among the gifts that God hath sent,
    One of the most magnificent!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus
         (pt. III, second interlude, st. 5)

When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
         (pt. I, 1)

He is dead, the sweet musician!
  . . . .
    He has moved a little nearer
      To the Master of all music.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hiawatha
         (pt. XV, l. 56)

Music is the universal language of mankind.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Outre-Mer--Ancient Spanish Ballads

Writ in the climate of heaven, in the language spoken by angels.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Children of the Lord's Supper
         (l. 262)

Who, through long days of labor,
  And nights devoid of ease,
    Still heard in his soul the music
      Of wonderful melodies.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Day is Done (st. 8)

I always loved music; whoso has skill in this art, is of a good temperament, fitted for all things. We must teach music in schools. A schoolmaster ought to have skill in music, or I would not regard him; neither should we ordain young men as preachers, unless they have been well exercised in music.
      - Martin Luther

Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners; she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.
      - Martin Luther

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